Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Whirlwind...but it's all good

Whew! In the past few weeks, we've watched YDD and fiance graduate, moved both of them out and back into two different places; moved ODD and DH out and into two different places; and they're off on a two week trip.

Here's the very happy graduated couple...


And all the chilluns...

ODD and DH are moving to CA in July, so they will be here with us for a few weeks before they take off. Can you say Skype and webcam?? While I'm thrilled for my children, of course it's a wrench to have them move completely to the other side of the US. So we're trying to plan visits, etc., already. I'm glad technology makes it so much easier to keep in touch now. :)
My son (left in photo) has been nicknamed Super Mule, as he is a master at moving people. Good thing he worked for a moving company for two years. Sure has come in handy - hehe, poor thing.

Alas, my stitching is practically nil, but I did stitch a gift for a friend's special BD.

This is a heavy-duty acrylic box; they come in several different kinds and sizes, from Cooper Oaks; and they are awesome to use for needlework.



Meanwhile back at the homestead, we now have "The Mya" as we affectionately dub the queen, (ODD's pomeranian) racing around the house.

Funny how they both fold the same leg up underneath them. Montana looks woebegone, but trust me, he is thrilled to have Mya around. :)

39 comments:

BeckySC said...

I loved seeing your family, Carolyn :) Congratulations to the graduates :)
AND, I LOVE your doggie pics! Too cute :)
Your stitched gift is amazing-someone is going to be thrilled :)

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

What beautiful children! Congratulations to all the grads and their happy 'rents. :] Oh, the bittersweet feelings they do invoke (suck out of you). :P
Your stitched gift is very pretty, and I love that acrylic box. Great looking pictures all around. Hugs

Meari said...

Congrats to the graduates. Poor Mom with the kiddos moving so far away :(

You did a great job on the box. Well done.

Karen said...

Congrats to your son for his graduation...it is such a big accomplishment!

Love the box you finishes...very pretty and useful!

KAY said...

Congratulations to the graduates, a lovely photos. I understand about the wrench when they move so far away. We followed one of ours to NZ, from Australia & have been here for nearly three years.
I love the gift for your friend and especially the second box and scissors with fob. Such beautiful colours.

Emily said...

Did you plan for both your dogs to be the same color. LOL, they could be twins.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful family...congratulations on the graduates!!! So, you have family moving to California? Northern or Southern...will you be coming to visit? you'll have to let me know :)
Take care,
Lisa D
in CA

Shari said...

congrats to your graduates...another milestone finished! I feel for you with the move. Ours is only about 8 hours away, but seems further. Of course, right now, he is MUCH further than that.
the stitched gift is beautiful! great job!

Yvonne..... said...

Congrats to the graduates and hope you will get to make lots of trips across the states to visit!

Faye said...

What a handsome family!~~ I know you are so proud of the graduates!! You have been in a whirlwind lately~~hang in there...Faye

Anonymous said...

What lovely family pictures and the dog's pictures as well. Lovely stitched box.

Marl

Kay said...

You sure have been busy! I am happy to hear that your children are doing so well, I imagine it has to be hard to have your children living in different parts of the us, it sure makes it hard to visit as much as you want to. Thank heavens for technology though like you said so you can still be connected. All the stitchy items are very beautiful!

Alice said...

Congrats to the graduates!!! What proud moments and lovely memories Carolyn. : ) I love the box you stitched for your friend. Looks very practical. How exciting for Montana to have a little friend to spice things up. I am sure there is a lot of humour in the house with the two of them. : ))
Hugs
Alice
xxx

Sherry said...

Great pictures of the family! I love your stitching and what cute doggie photos.

Kathy A. said...

Whew, you make me tired just thinking about all that moving.
I agree Skype is the answer. We use it to talk to our grandchildren when we don't see them for a while.
That acrylic box is a lovely idea and you made a beautiful gift.
Hang in there girl.

Carol said...

Congratulations to your daughter and her fiance, Carolyn... Your entire family is so lovely! I'm sure you'll miss the CA bound kids, but they certainly chose a great place for you to visit...

Moreen said...

Congratulations to the graduates.
I loved seeing your family they look so beautiful.

Love the gift you have made for your friend.

Nessa G. said...

That box is great! Your family is gorgeous and the poor goldie does look like the Pomeranian is wearing him out. Looks like me after a long day with my four year old LOL.

Karen said...

congrats to the graduates! well, if you plan visits to CA, you might have to just plan a quick drive through of AZ!!! We have an awesome LNS here the Attic! :)

StitchinKat said...

Congrats to the new grads! Good thing you got pics before they all go to the four corners of the country! I like the design in the box lid! It looks so nice! see you soon, Kathy

Kathy said...

It does sound like you have been busy. But a good busy. Great photo of the "chillins". :) And all that moving. Whew. I'm tired just thinking about it.

OMG that box you made Nany is just gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

Love the puppy pics. :)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Congratulations to your Happy Family! I know you are proud of and for them. You're right, technology does lift a bit of the 'distance' but go ahead with those travel plans! Love your stitching goodies!

Lisa said...

I think you can totally be forgiven for stitching much, it looks like you've been very busy indeed. Lovely pics of your family :-)

Nancy M said...

Moving (and packing) are not my favorite things....so doing it twice for 2 different kids was quite the chore! Congrats to all the grads though!! I love the internet and the communication it allows!!! How on else would I have met such a wonderful person??? I'm sure you will keep in touch with them even if you are miles away. I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE my box. I don't have any cool scissors either, so the colored ones you gave me are my FAVORITE!!!! Thanks again!

marylin & poussy said...

What embellish with images magnificent! I like best regards

Wendy said...

Congrats to the graduates!! Those are really some nice pics of your family!

OMG!! The kids are moving so far away :( I understand the wrench you have now, I would have it too.

The stitched gifts are gorgeous!

Hugs,
Wendy

AFwife99 said...

It looks like you have been really busy! I like seeing all the pictures. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. I appreciate it!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow life is really moving along and changing for your family!

What a beautiful box!!

Siobhan said...

You have beautiful children, Carolyn! Congrats to the grads, and best wishes to the kids flying the coop. It is hard to see them spread their wings--even if that's what you prepare them to do since birth. ;) Big hugs! I remember when DH emigrated to the US (from Ireland) in 1985 & his parents didn't have a phone in their house. Yesterday, I talked to my mom in Colorado via Skype for an hour. It's crazy how far technology has come--but I'm so thankful. Love the stitching, and the pups are adorable!

Hazel said...

What great pics of your family! I love the gift you made for your friend - practical and beautiful. x

Olenka's Stitches said...

Congratulations to the graduates! They look so happy!Your box and accessories are so lovely, they make a wonderful gift for your friend.

Carolyn said...

Awww! Congratulations to the Graduates. I hope things settle down some for you. What a beautiful birthday gift. I love the idea. I have a contest for a pattern on my blog if you care to take a look. Have a wonderful slow down week.

Von said...

Lots going on with you and your family,Carolyn!! Congrats to the graduates. :)

Felicity said...

Busy times for you, Carolyn! I bet you are sleeping well at night.

Mel said...

How did I miss this post?
Sorry Carolyn.

The graduate photos are great! :)

PegC said...

Carolyn--love the photo of you with hubbie on lighthouse---beautiful. The pics of the 40's are absolutley fun-what a great idea.

Gillie said...

Love the stitching. I feel your pain about being apart - I have treasures in Idaho, Pittsburgh and DC and we live in Michigan! Actually it was the mother and the father that moved the most, giggle! Thanks for your nice comment.

marylin & poussy said...

i love the dogs !
best regards
marylin

trillium said...

Love the box project!